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December 10, 2014 - In This Issue:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Chamber - A special thanks goes to Cracker Barrel, Smithfield City Florist, Johnston County Arts Council and the Partnership for Children of Johnston County for providing this year's decorations for the Chamber office at the Yelvington-Lee House. Chamber staff members Kelly Wallace and Fallon Pleasants are in the picture.
Mission: The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce promotes and enhances our area's economic, educational and social well-being by serving as a unified voice for the business community.
  
2014 CHAMBER CHAMPIONS!
 
Platinum Level


KS Bank     

Zaxbys    

CenturyLink  
  

 
Gold Level
First Citizens Bank   
Four Oaks Bank & Trust   
Golden Corral logo    
Sleep Inn & Suites      
Triangle Insurance Group              
Watson, Cooke & Jones, PA         
Wood Termite & Pest Control     
Woody's Computing    
BB&T   
Duke Energy
 
Silver Level

  Athena Award
 
MAKE A NOMINATION FOR A CHAMBER AWARD
 
The Smithfield-Selma Chamber is now soliciting nominations from the membership for awards that will be presented at the 45th Annual Meeting on January 26, 2015. Please consider nominating a deserving person for one of these prestigious awards. Go to the respective links for a brief, one-page nomination form.

Citizen of the Year - presented to someone who has made extraordinary contributions to the Smithfield-Selma area during the past year.

Distinguished Citizens (usually two presented) - given to people who, over the years, have given outstanding dedication and ability to the Smithfield-Selma area

Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year - presented in memory of the 1976 Chamber Board Chair, this award recognizes business growth, staying power, innovation and community involvement for a local business owner.

Chamber Athena Award, sponsored by CORESTAFF SERVICES - The award celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment.

List of previous award recipients

  
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EYE OPENER AT THE SLEEP LAB
  
Come find out about the new Sleep Lab at Johnston Medical Center at the next Chamber Eye Opener on December 11.  Doctors and staff will be on hand for tours and to answer your questions.

The Sleep Lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Bright Leaf Tower. Enter the hospital through the main entrance.  Read More

AT COFFEE CONNECTIONS IT'S ABOUT NETWORKING
  
Chamber Coffee Connections is a structured networking event that takes the guesswork out of making contacts. Each month, attendees have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business and participate in discussions on relevant business topics.

Here's the BEST part ... You could be the SPONSOR and have 10 minutes to present to the group about your business. No need to worry about the food or cleaning the office.  We'll invite the membership and take care of the food and place, you bring LOTS of business cards.

Everyone that attends will take away the contact information of all others attendees.  Come and enjoy a cup of Joe on your way to the office, pick up a "few" prospects, and walk away with a handful of new connections! 


  
CHAMBER HONORS ITS SEMESTER SUPERSTARS
  
The Education Committee of Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce honored seven local elementary school teachers on November 3 at its fall Semester SuperStars Luncheon at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Smithfield. 

These teachers were nominated by their principals and were given a plaque and a bag full of items from Chamber members. A similar luncheon will be held in the spring for outstanding middle and high school teachers.The program is sponsored by Triangle Insurance & Benefits and the Super 8 Hotel......Read More..
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WOMEN SHARE THEIR INSPIRATIONS AT LUNCHEON
  
The CWBN hosted their annual "Meeting with a Meaning" Luncheon on Thursday November 13th with professionals who shared their stories of family, sacrifice and accomplishments. The event was an inspiration and gave those in attendance a little early holiday shopping as well.

The luncheon was held at Hinnant Family Vineyards located at 826 Pine Level Micro Road in Pine Level.  

Proceeds from this and all CWBN events support the scholarships for professional women and their efforts to continue their professional development....More Pictures

J. E. WILSON CUTS RIBBON AT THE MEETING PLACE
  
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting at The Meeting Place in downtown Smithfield on December 9. The new event venue can seat over 200 people for a banquet or reception. The building, located at 135 N. Third Street, has a catering kitchen, sound system, dance floor and tables and chairs. The building owner is J. E. Wilson and the manager is Bobby Bryant. Visit www.thesmithfieldmeetingplace.com for additional information. 


EL BARZON MEXICAN RESTAURANT NOW OPEN
The Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting for El Barzon Mexican Restaurant and Bar on November 19th. The new restaurant is located at 1691 S. Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.  
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CHAMBER WELCOMES MERRILL LYNCH HOMES HILL GROUP
 
Merill Lynch representatives Harlon Neal and Nick LiVecchi.
The Merrill Lynch - Homes Hill Group out of Wilson has joined the Chamber and held a ribbon cutting reception at the Chamber office.

Merrill Lynch is a private wealth management group with over 100 years of industry experience. 

The Homes Hill Group, with a regional office at 2315 Airport Boulevard in Wilson, is a boutique wealth management practice for a select group of professionals, business owners, and families. The areas they cover are banking, insurance, investments, liabilities, and trust services. 

OTHER NEWS
New art on display at Chamber


The Chamber has new local art for sale at the office. Stop by the office to view or purchase. The artwork is provided by the Johnston County Arts Council.

 
Johnston Health is top performer

 

Johnston Health has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States...More


FIRST CITIZENS BANK IS "FOREVER FIRST"


 

For over 100 years, customers have trusted First Citizens Bank with their money . . . and their futures. 

And that's a trust they have taken seriously every day they've been in business. The bank's promise: "Forever First is our commitment to the people, businesses and communities who rely on us to be the best we can be."

Chamber members enjoyed Business After Hours at First Citizens Bank in Smithfield on November 6.
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Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce
1115 Outlet Center Drive, P.O. Box 467
Smithfield, N.C. 27577
919.934.9166